The Kids Are Alright


The Kids Are Alright Information

The Kids Are Alright is an American sitcom television series created by Tim Doyle for ABC, inspired by Doyle's own childhood. The series is a single-camera comedy about an Irish Catholic family raising eight sons in suburban Los Angeles circa 1972, navigating the trials and tribulations of the era.

The series stars Michael Cudlitz and Mary McCormack as parents Mike and Peggy Cleary, with Jack Gore, Sam Straley, Caleb Foote, Sawyer Barth, Christopher Paul Richards, Andy Walken, and Santino Barnard starring as their first seven sons. The series received a put pilot commitment at ABC in September 2017, with a pilot ordered in January 2018. The Kids Are Alright was ordered to series by ABC in May 2018, and it was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes in November 2018. ABC ordered an additional episode in December 2018, bringing the order to 23 episodes. Filming for the series takes place primarily in Los Angeles.

The series premiered on October 16, 2018, and has received generally positive reviews. On May 10, 2019, ABC canceled the series after a single season.

Cast and characters

Main

Cleary family

  • Mary McCormack as Peggy, mother
  • Jack Gore as Timmy, fifth son
  • Sam Straley as Lawrence, first son
  • Caleb Foote as Eddie, second son
  • Sawyer Barth as Frank (Francis), third son
  • Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, fourth son
  • Andy Walken as William, sixth son
  • Santino Barnard as Pat (Patrick), seventh son
  • Michael Cudlitz as Mike, father
  • Sawyer and Jax Laucius as Andy Cleary, eighth son, an infant
  • Tim Doyle as the narrator, voice of adult Timmy

Recurring

  • Kennedy Lea Slocum as Wendi Falkenberry, Eddie's girlfriend
  • Paul Dooley as Father Cecil Dunne
  • Thomas Barbusca as Davey, Joey's best friend
  • Markie Post as Helen, Peggy's friend and nemesis
  • Jojo Nwoko as Father Abdi
  • Sarah Benoit as Sister Euphemia
  • Michael Cornacchia as Boxcar Benji

Guest

  • Aidan Wallace as young Lawrence
  • Gracen Newton as young Eddie
  • Nat Faxon as Tom, Peggy's brother (S1, E8)
  • Ken Jeong as Grover Young, Mike's co-worker (S1, E9)
  • Dara Renee as Melissa, Wendy's classmate (S1, E10)
  • Jason Rogel as Mailman
  • David Alan Smith as The Great Pepe (S1, E12)
  • Ray Porter as Ernie (S1, E15)
  • Danny Bonaduce as Boris, a security guard and himself (S1, E17)
  • Emma Meisel as Angela, Frank's love interest (S1, E20)
  • Josh McDermitt as Mr. Crane, Mike's boss (S1, E21)
  • Jeff Holman as Terry, Mike's co-worker (S1, E21)


Episodes

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Production

Development

Series creator Tim Doyle grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles, in the 1970s; this makes the show semi-autobiographical. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

ABC officially ordered the series to pilot on January 19, 2018. In February 2018, Randall Einhorn signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot. On May 11, 2018, ABC ordered the show to series and announced that the series would be titled The Kids Are Alright. On November 7, 2018, the series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes. On December 14, 2018, ABC ordered an additional episode of the first season, bringing the order to 23 episodes.

Casting

On February 13, 2018, Michael Cudlitz was cast as Mike Dwyer. A few days later, Mary McCormack was cast as Peggy Dwyer. By the end of the month, Sam Straley had joined the cast as Lawrence, along with Caleb Foote as Eddie, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, and Jack Gore as Timmy. In early March 2018, Sawyer Barth was cast as Frank. That month, it was also revealed that Andy Walken and Santino Barnard had also joined the series. With the series order in May, the family name was changed from the Dwyers to the Clearys.

Music

Siddhartha Khosla serves as the primary composer for the series.

Broadcast

The series premiered on October 16, 2018, on ABC in the United States, and on CTV in Canada. It was announced on May 10, 2019 that ABC had cancelled the series.

Reception

Ratings

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| title3 = Microwave | date3 = October 30, 2018 | rs3 = 1.3/6 | viewers3 = 5.39 | dvr3 = 0.2 | dvrv3 = 0.99 | total3 = 1.5 | totalv3 = 6.38

| title4 = Peggy's Day Out | date4 = November 13, 2018 | rs4 = 1.0/5 | viewers4 = 4.60 | dvr4 = 0.3 | dvrv4 = 1.10 | total4 = 1.3 | totalv4 = 5.70

| title5 = Boxing | date5 = November 20, 2018 | rs5 = 0.9/4 | viewers5 = 4.22 | dvr5 = 0.3 | dvrv5 = 1.12 | total5 = 1.2 | totalv5 = 5.34

| title6 = Behind the Counter | date6 = November 27, 2018 | rs6 = 0.9/4 | viewers6 = 4.58 | dvr6 = 0.3 | dvrv6 = 1.02 | total6 = 1.2 | totalv6 = 5.60

| title7 = Little Cyst | date7 = December 4, 2018 | rs7 = 0.8/3 | viewers7 = 4.25 | dvr7 = n/a | dvrv7 = n/a | total7 = n/a | totalv7 = n/a

| title8 = Christmas 1972 | date8 = December 11, 2018 | rs8 = 0.9/3 | viewers8 = 4.23 | dvr8 = 0.3 | dvrv8 = 1.05 | total8 = 1.2 | totalv8 = 5.28

| title9 = The Love List | date9 = January 8, 2019 | rs9 = 1.0/4 | viewers9 = 4.56 | dvr9 = n/a | dvrv9 = n/a | total9 = n/a | totalv9 = n/a

| title10 = Show Boat | date10 = January 15, 2019 | rs10 = 0.8/4 | viewers10 = 4.21 | dvr10 = n/a | dvrv10 = n/a | total10 = n/a | totalv10 = n/a

| title11 = Mailbox | date11 = January 22, 2019 | rs11 = 0.8/4 | viewers11 = 4.40 | dvr11 = n/a | dvrv11 = n/a | total11 = n/a | totalv11 = n/a

| title12 = Vietnam | date12 = February 5, 2019 | rs12 = 0.7/3 | viewers12 = 3.67 | dvr12 = 0.3 | dvrv12 = 1.13 | total12 = 1.1 | totalv12 = 4.80

| title13 = Valentine"?s Day | date13 = February 12, 2019 | rs13 = 0.7/3 | viewers13 = 3.20 | dvr13 = 0.3 | dvrv13 = 1.07 | total13 = 1.0 | totalv13 = 4.27

| title14 = Happy Cecil | date14 = February 19, 2019 | rs14 = 0.7/3 | viewers14 = 3.43 | dvr14 = 0.3 | dvrv14 = 0.97 | total14 = 1.0 | totalv14 = 4.40

| title15 = Nine Birthdays | date15 = February 26, 2019 | rs15 = 0.8/4 | viewers15 = 3.33 | dvr15 = 0.3 | dvrv15 = 1.00 | total15 = 1.1 | totalv15 = 4.33

| title16 = Wendi's House | date16 = March 19, 2019 | rs16 = 0.7/3 | viewers16 = 3.09 | dvr16 = 0.3 | dvrv16 = 1.06 | total16 = 1.0 | totalv16 = 4.15

| title17 = Low Expectations | date17 = March 26, 2019 | rs17 = 0.6/3 | viewers17 = 3.01 | dvr17 = 0.3 | dvrv17 = 1.08 | total17 = 0.9 | totalv17 = 4.10

| title18 = Peggy Drives Away | date18 = April 9, 2019 | rs18 = 0.6/3 | viewers18 = 2.91 | dvr18 = 0.3 | dvrv18 = 0.97 | total18 = 0.9 | totalv18 = 3.88

| title19 = Mass For Shut-ins | date19 = April 16, 2019 | rs19 = 0.6/3 | viewers19 = 3.10 | dvr19 = 0.3 | dvrv19 = 1.01 | total19 = 0.9 | totalv19 = 4.11

| title20 = Timmy's New Hobby | date20 = April 30, 2019 | rs20 = 0.7/3 | viewers20 = 3.28 | dvr20 = | dvrv20 = | total20 = | totalv20 =

| title21 = Mike's Award | date21 = May 7, 2019 | rs21 = 0.6/3 | viewers21 = 3.03 | dvr21 = | dvrv21 = | total21 = | totalv21 = }}

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 82% approval rating with an average rating of 6.62/10 based on 17 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "The Kids are Alright is a surprisingly poignant, thoughtful show with a classic sitcom feel." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 71 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2019 Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Comedy Tim Doyle for "Pilot"
2019 Young Entertainer Awards Best Supporting Young Actress - Television Series Kennedy Lea Slocum
2018 California on Location Awards Location Manager of the Year - Half Hour Television Chester Wong
2018 Location Team of the Year - Half Hour Television



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